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The Herring in the Library: Ethelred & Elsie #3 (The Ethelred and Elsie Mysteries) Kindle Edition
Ethelred and Elsie are an unlikely duo: he’s a deeply mediocre mystery writer, and she’s his deeply nosy, chocolate-chomping agent. And yet they are stuck with one another, if only because their combined sleuthing abilities are much more impressive than anything either one of them can come up with alone. Tonight’s agenda: dinner with Ethelred’s pal “Shagger” Muntham and his titled wife. Elsie may not be overly fond of the Shag, but she wasn’t exactly hoping someone would murder him in the library of his own stately home. However, now that someone has done the dastardly deed, would it kill Ethelred to take a little interest, show a little Sherlockian spirit for once?
Praise for The Herring in the Library
“Biting social satire and loads of fun detective work.” —Booklist
“A wonderful send up both of Christie's classic country house murder, and the so-called “locked room” mystery.” —Reviewing the Evidence
- ASIN : B018HQF5J4
- Publisher : Felony & Mayhem Press (November 15, 2015)
- Publication date : November 15, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 696 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 233 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1934609765
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #971,079 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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The story takes its queue from locked room mysteries of yore - with Ethelred and Elsie opening the book playing a game of Cluedo. The book then alternates the unfolding of the story of how Shagger could have been murdered in a locked library across Ethelred's point of view, Elsie's point of view (always fun to read a telling of the same scenes from the very different perspective of Ethelred and Elsie), and passages of Ethelred's latest Master Thomas novel. The structure works and supports you getting to know the characters.
I felt the plot for this one was a little too transparent to be truly engaging. The previous novels, although also taking their queue from plots from days of yore, were still crafted to allow for a real whodunit. This one felt very superficial compared the the previous two books - there was really no guesswork at all on the reader's part to figure out what was going on very early on. However, it was a very quick read and still enjoyable to read the banter between Ethelred and Elsie as a break between more meaty book fare.
As soon as they arrive, Elise makes it clear to her client that they are to sit near the exit so they can gracefully leave. From the moment they step inside Shagger's young wife tense Annabelle outrageously flirts with Ethelred in front of everyone. However before they can flee into the night, someone strangles Shagger inside the locked library. Annabelle demands Ethelred investigate. Being chivalrous, he agrees but Elsie refuses to leave alone with the not so grieving widow and the snooty crowd he investigates.
The latest ET to the second power amateur sleuth (see The Herring Seller's Apprentice and Ten Little Herrings) is a wonderful locked-room mystery that has a throwback feel to the Agatha Christie country house whodunits (see Endless Night, And Then There Was None and Peril at End House) though in a contemporary time. The fun is the interplay between the perfect English gentleman and his in your face agent who insists if he worked diligently and applied his talent he could attain a level two. Readers will enjoy the antics of this pair has they investigate the murder of Sir Shagger.
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Half way through the meal the host makes a speech and disappears. He is found dead in his library shortly afterwards. Suicide or murder? That is the important question. Nearly everyone present had means motive and opportunity. Ethelred and Elsie - crime writer and agent - are immediately intrigued.
The story is told alternately by Ethelred and Elsie interspersed with chapters from Ethelred's historical novel which he is currently writing which somehow seems to be taking on aspects of the real life events he is involved in.
I found this an entertaining read with some nice twists and turns in the plot. I like the relationship between Elsie and Ethelred and the banter that goes on between them. The book is well written and if you like classic murder mysteries with a twist then you could try this series - they can be read in any order.